Okay. We have “use or freeze by,” “best by,” and “sell by.” What do they all mean? If something is on your shelf and something expired a day ago, would you just throw it away? Here is the Good Question.
I have a cousin who will go through her refrigerator and cupboards on almost a daily basis and will throw every single thing away if it’s expired by 12 hours. I’m not that bad. Some things I’ll use if they’re expired. Bread for example. I know if bread’s good or not. If it’s green, don’t eat it. Otherwise it’s okay. Your sandwich might not taste the freshest but toast is okay. Canned goods I’m okay with them being expired also but not for more than a year. I feel they already have years on them so if they’re expired, they’re really expired. Stuff like milk, sour cream, dairy creamers or really, any dairy product, I throw out pretty much when expired. I’ve gotten sick from using old sour cream and it’s not a fun to get sick from that.
What about “freeze by?” If it’s got a freeze by date, how long will you keep it in your freezer? What’s your rule of thumb? I try and clean out our freezers once a year when our new meat comes. Otherwise at the first sight of freezer burn I toss. You can’t get rid of that taste. I also try to really wrap and freeze stuff for the long haul. We very rarely freeze things the way they come packaged from the store. Now we have to divide things up. I like to use saran wrap really tight and then use freezer Ziplocs.
What about you? Do you go through your stuff regularly? Do these dates mean anything to you and what will you eat what’s expired and what do you toss?